How much TurboTax actually cost me: $22.27 above budget

As I wrote before, I was planning to use TurboTax to prepare my taxes.  I’m quite cynical about all of the extra charges that Intuit hits you with and figured that it would cost me $73.97.

I wound up using TurboTax for the iPad.  Federal filing (including e-filing) cost $49.95.  State filing (including e-filing) cost $39.99.  I was also charged sales tax of 7%.  Total cost came to $96.24, which was $22.27 above budget.  This was the cost e-filing, which I hadn’t originally considered.

TurboTax for iPad worked well.  There were several easy ways to download my prior year’s tax return onto the iPad.  Waiting times weren’t too long.  I didn’t encounter any bugs or apparent errors.  The input of business expenses was somewhat awkward because I was unwilling to pay extra for an upgraded version.

About Mark P. Holtzman

Chair of Accounting Department at Seton Hall University. PhD from The University of Texas at Austin. Worked at Deloitte's New York Office. BSBA from Hofstra University.

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